Research, RPDU

“We should not fit our life to the demands of social conformity; we can’t find a model to live by from others, we can only find that within ourselves.”

“We do not think of the neurodiversity movement as one that seeks to integrate neurominority people into all the existing ways of living in the world as a human being.”

“There is a certain way of being human that is our way. We want to be free to live our life in our way, and not in imitation of other’s life.”


By learning alongside neurominority individuals, professionals can gain a deeper understanding of the diverse needs and perspectives of different learners. RDPU refers to the full cycle of activities involved in developing and implementing new technologies, programs or initiatives that support neurominority individuals to thrive in life and work. 

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The ION RPDU will disseminate cutting edge research and promote its application to academic and non-academic audiences through

  • The journal Neurodiversity published by SAGE Publishing
  • An annual international conference,
  • Workshops, seminars, master classes and similar dissemination sessions,
  • International Chapters – run locally by appointed Chairs.


  • To provide an international research and professional development platform that encourages global dialogue in the field by inviting novel collaborations, promoting discourse and sharing ideas and resources worldwide with inclusion of Neurominority researchers and individuals at the core,
  • To provide global learning opportunities, that will be co-designed to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance, to a wide and varied audience including parents, educational professionals (across all stages of education), employers, criminal justice practitioners, Mental Health clinicians and Allied Health Professionals,
  • To promote high quality inclusive international co-designed research and encourage its global application in the field through the development of the journal Neurodiversity together with supporting and inviting international research collaborations and networks,
  • To promote the global development of co-designed high-quality practical resources to provide support in the areas of education, recreation and employment.

Talk to us about your research project

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